Featured Alumni

Sara Banks BS, Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 2013

Recruiting Specialist

I assist Applied Underwriters' recruiting and hiring process by managing job boards, facilitating assessment testing, and maintaining prospective employee files. I am the first point of contact for various account managers, university career services departments, and college students interested in our career opportunities.

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Sara Banks
Sara Banks

Lindsey Bolander BS, Nutrition, Restaurant Administration, 2005

Clubhouse manager, Country Club of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

It is my responsibility to ensure daily operations of all front of the house food and beverage service runs smoothly.

The Country Club of Lincoln was founded in 1903 and currently has 700 member families and annual food and beverage revenues of $3 million. The Club has four dining rooms, five private party rooms and a poolside cabana. In addition to golf, fitness, tennis and swimming, we provide a diverse programming calendar for the membership, some offsite catering, beverage cart service and daily valet. 

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Lindsey Bolander

Stephanie Bolli B.S. Dietetics, Food Science, 1989

principal food scientist, ConAgra Foods Inc.
Bolli develops and tests new frozen meals for the consumer marketplace. Her work was featured in this 2013 article in the Omaha World-Herald.

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Stephanie Bolli

Molly Brown B.A., Hospitality, Tourism and Restaurant Management, 2013

Suite Services Coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club
I coordinate all hospitality aspects for Arrowhead Stadium’s 125 Luxury & Premium Suites which includes special events, tickets, parking and catering. I also assist in the fulfillment of all Suite Member accounts, contracts, campaigns and the retention and renewals of all Suite clients. Building relationships, maintaining frequent communication and organizing events outside of gameday is a large part of my job with the Chiefs.

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Molly Brown

Kelsey Brozek B.A., Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 2013

Events & Entertainment Assistant, Nebraska State Fair
A lot of my job revolves around the planning and implementation of various festivals, programs and special events that take place during the Fair. I also work closely with the Events & Entertainment Director in the booking and coordination of the Entertainment acts. Which include but are not limited to, local Nebraska performers, beer garden bands, grounds and strolling entertainers, and the National Concert series. I'm also responsible for helping maintain our social media pages, website, mobile app and the creation of our yearly Gate book and Daily Schedules.

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Kelsey Brozek

Brett Burton B.S., Athletic Training, 2011

Physical Therapist, St. Luke's Sports Medicine, Nampa, Idaho and Product Development Associate, Movement Guides, Inc., Meridian, Idaho

After graduating with my athletic training degree at UNL, I completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2014 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I also completed a physical therapy residency in 2015 at St. Luke's Sports Medicine. I now serve as a physical therapist within St. Luke's Health System as well as at Northwest Nazarene University. I see a wide variety of patients in the clinic, but at the university am focused on assisting their athletic training staff in caring for their athletes. I started working with Movement Guides, Inc.

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Brett Burton
Brett Burton

Laura Eberly BS, Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management - Event Planning and Public Relations, 2012

Development Assistant, JDRF, Heartland Chapter, Lincoln Office

I manage the financials, plan and organize for outreach and fundraising events, while also providing support and outreach to our families who have been affected with Type 1 Diabetes. We have two big fundraisers throughout the year; Fall is the JDRF Walk to Cure, Spring is our Annual Dream Gala, in which we plan all year round.

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Laura Eberly
Laura Eberly

Dave Ellis B.S., Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science, 1988

President, Sports Alliance Inc.
Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS is the president of Sports Alliance Inc. and creator of the Fueling Tactics® system. Ellis is an innovator known for his training table designs and approach to body composition and frame assessment of athletes. A dedicated educator, Dave speaks and blogs to help sports registered dietitians stay ahead of the curve and was elected the first president of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association.

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Dave Ellis photo
Dave Ellis

David Fast B.S., Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 2009

National Sales Manager for Skamania Lodge, a Destination Hotels Resort
As a National Sales Manager for Skamania Lodge, a Destination Hotels Resort located in Stevenson, Washington and just 45 minutes from Portland, Oregon, my responsibility is to sell the Lodge to companies for meeting and retreat needs in order to help the Lodge remain profitable for the ownership. A typical day consists of outbound solicitation of past business, uncovering of new business, give property tours, visit client offices throughout the Northwest, attend tradeshows across the U.S., and negotiate contract terms.

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David Fast

Maria Guijarro BS, Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management - Event Planning, 2013

Construction Recruiter Lead for Aerotek in Kansas City

I am a Construction Recruiter Lead for Aerotek in Kansas City. Aerotek is actually the largest staffing and recruiting company in the United States focusing on long term career oriented positions. I recruit for anything in the construction life cycle from general laborers on up. As a lead I get to train all internal new hires and guide them through a 13-week training process. Aerotek has really opened a lot of doors for me and taught me a lot personally and professionally.

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Maria Guijarro

Natalie Hahn Bachelor's, home economics and journalism, 1967

Deputy Director, UNICEF Programme Funding Office

UNL Alumna Natalie Hahn, deputy director of the Programme Funding Office of UNICEF, has spent her career improving the lives of children and empowering women in developing countries. Working with three agencies of the United Nations she has spent her adult life residing in Italy, Nigeria and Malawi and has completed assignments in 31 countries. This Polk, Neb., native now lives in New York City where she is deputy director of the UNICEF Programme Funding Office.

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Natalie Hahn

Virginia Lane BS, Restaurant, Hospitality and Tourism Managament, 2015

Premium Food and Beverage Manager, SAVOR... Lincoln | Pinnacle Bank Arena
My responsibility includes overseeing all premium food and beverage areas of the Pinnacle Bank Arena, including 36 suites and 20 loge boxes, premium bars, club level and overseeing all catering operations in the arena. I serve as the main point of contact for all food and beverage needs for Suite and Loge owners. I am responsible for hiring and training all Premium staff members and creating and implementing policies and procedures for these staff members. I coordinate and facilitate the VIP experience at Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre. I also represent SAVOR… as a traveling manager.

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Virginia Lane

JP Major, CSCS BS, Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science, 2012

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club

I design, organize, and implement strength and conditioning programs for the Arizona Coyotes NHL Hockey team. I am also responsible for overseeing the physical development and program implementation for our AHL minor league affiliate team in Springfield, MA, our ECHL affiliate in Rapid City, SD and our recent draft picks.

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JP Major, CSCS

Justin Petska Nutrition Exercise and Health Sciences, 2011

Director of Patient Experience, Great Plains Regional Medical Center
As the Director of Patient Experience, I am responsible for working with the all staff members of GPRMC to not only meet, but exceed the expectations of our patients and their families. I help train staff on current best practices for improving the Patient Experience, work with National Research Corporation to administer our patient satisfaction surveys, and serve as the Patient Advocate. I also coordinate both the Patient and Family Advisory Council and the hospital's Patient Experience Team, which is a team made up of all directors and managers who round on every patient, every day.

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Justin Petska
Justin Petska

Rachael Pickerel BS, Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 2012

Account Executive, Swank Motion Pictures

I am an account executive at Swank Motion Pictures in St. Louis, Missouri. I work on behalf of most of the major Hollywood studios to license their movies for public performances. Anyone who wants to show a movie outside of their homes, is required to obtain a license.

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Rachael Pickerel
Rachael Pickerel

Juliann Saquib BS, Education, Exercise Physiology, 2003

Assistant Professor, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia

My current research focuses on gender differences in health-related behaviors taking into account the sociocultural context and its impact on health. As an assistant professor at Qassim University, I am responsible for providing training on research methods to the faculty and medical students. I am developing a physical activity intervention for women living in Saudi Arabia that is culturally-tailored, which will aid in the prevention of chronic disease.

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Juliann Saquib

Kevin Sicner BS, Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 2010

Customer Care, Sphero, Inc

Customer Care is the Account Management function of the Operations Logistics team for retail partners of Sphero, Inc.  I am the main point of contact for buyers and purchasing teams of over 30 companies such as Disney, Bed Bath & Beyond and BestBuy across the United States, Latin/South America, and Australia and New Zealand to ensure their success selling Sphero products.  The role requires that I liaise with the Sales team to deliver on account expectations, work directly with the Operations Logistics team to move the product from the manufacturer to their shelves, and assist

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Kevin Sicner
Kevin Sicner

Chance Unger BS, Athletic Training, 2012

Physical Therapist, Lincoln Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Lincoln, NE

After graduating from UNL in 2012, I continued my education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy, which I completed in 2015. I currently work as a physical therapist in an orthopedic physical therapy setting as well as use my athletic training skills for a local high school football team.

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Chance Unger

Gina Weber BS, Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 2011

VIP Services Assistant Manager, Encore Tower Suites

After completing my final Capstone Internship at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Las Vegas and graduating, I moved to Las Vegas to accept a full-time position with Aria Resort and Casino. After a nine-month management training program, I accepted my management positon as Public Area Assistant Manager. In October 2013, I changed companies to explore new opportunities with Wynn and Encore Las Vegas. 

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Gina Weber
Gina Weber

Jordan Wilson BS, Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, 2013

Life Skills Coordinator, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Athletic Department

After two years as a Life Skills Assistant, Los Angeles native Jordan Wilson joined Nebraska Athletics as a full-time Life Skills Coordinator. Wilson serves as the Life Skills sport counselor for numerous intercollegiate teams where she meets individually with student-athletes to focus on personal and professional development. Her sports include cross country, rifle, men’s and women’s golf, swimming and diving, football and men’s and women’s track & field.

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Jordan Wilson
Jordan Wilson

Jennifer Yen Nutrition, 2009

Assistant Professor, Indiana State University
I am an assistant professor in Nutrition and Dietetics. We have a Coordinated Program in Dietetics and I coordinate the Community Nutrition supervised practice. I like to teach, as well as research in nutritional behavior. My doctoral education from UNL provides great foundation as a professor, and the dietetic internship provides practical training as a registered dietitian.

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Jennifer Yen
Jennifer Yen